Tourism figures for July and August for the PACA region show that the Bastille Day atrocity in Nice on July 14 has cost millions of euros in lost revenue.
Following a spate of cancellations immediately after the attack that took the lives of 86 people – many of them tourists – visitor numbers largely rebounded in August, from 43 million in July to 62 million in August. The combined figure for the two peak months was 105 million nights compared to 108 million last year, and tourism revenue of €6.3 billion compared to €6.6 billion in 2015.
The luxury sector was the hardest hit, with occupancy down 18 percent on the year. Nice, Cannes and Nice bore the brunt. However, almost two-thirds of tourism professionals expect a good result for September, helped in part by the continuation of warm weather.
Minister of State, Serge Telle at a press conference Friday commented on the low tourists attendance on the French Riviera: “We are different and completely involved.”
The Minister added, “Feelings of safety are probably stronger in Monaco than the other side of the border … We’ll have some tough years regarding security, and Monaco is getting prepared for it.”
France faces a hot autumn of discontent over proposed changes to the country’s complex labour laws. While many French voters agree with the viewpoint that the labour market should be more flexible, only a minority go along with President Macron’s package of proposed reforms, unveiled on Thursday, August 31.
According to a survey published by Harris Interactive for RMC and Atlantico on the following day, 58 percent of French voters oppose the labour law reforms, which would make it easier for companies to slim their workforces in times of downturn. Enthusiasts of reform claim that such a move would also make it more likely that companies would hire new staff as the need arose, increasing the country’s competitiveness.
Supporters of President Macron favour the reforms by 82 percent to 18. Across the board, 54 percent of respondents said the reforms will "reduce the power of trade unions in companies". Interestingly, only 43 percent of those polled think the reform will "improve the competitiveness of enterprises.”
The survey was conducted online on August 31 with a sample of 1,004 people, representative of French people aged 18 and over.
Meanwhile, the more militant French unions are promising protests and ‘days of action’ against the reform, with the first large demonstrations slated for September 12.